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Thursday 5 March 2015

    Top 10 wines in the US press

    A grand cru grower Champagne scented with “honey and hazelnuts” and a “spectacular” Chilean red produced with Manchester United FC stand out in this week’s line up.

    Zero gravity cocktail glass ready for takeoff

    It’s a difficulty few will face, but for an astronaut, enjoying a cocktail in a dignified manner, not out of a squeezy bag, is just not possible – until now.

    Sussex wine makes bid for protected status

    Wineries in Sussex are making a bid for PDO status – which could result in the region’s wines receiving the same protection as Champagne or Prosecco.

10 Paso Robles wineries to watch

These wineries provide a good cross-section of Paso Robles at its best – garagiste and estate, established and new, affordable to very expensive.

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Distillery boss quizzed over deaths

The director of an Indian distillery is being held in connection with the murders of two tax officers, local reports claim.

UK importer commits to price freeze

British wine importer Hallgarten Druitt is this year freezing prices for the retailers it supplies, with the company’s managing director pointing to cost savings elsewhere as the reason.

Consumers ‘back in love’ with Merlot

The ‘Sideways effect’ is being reversed and consumers are starting to fall back in love with Merlot according to one of California’s top producers.

Time-lapse drawing brings glass to life

Watch as this mesmerising time-lapse video follows the creation of an impressively hyperrealistic absinthe glass.

Beer

Beer for ‘invalids’ launched by BrewDog

BrewDog has launched a beer for “invalids and convalescents” inspired by a passage found in a medical textbook published in 1843.

Osborne to cut beer duty in UK budget

The Chancellor George Osborne will “definitely” cut duty on beer for the third year in a row when he announces the UK Budget later this month, according to reports.

Labour pledges strong support for pubs

The Labour party has “out-Ukipped” UKIP, with five-times as many of its election candidates pledging support for community pubs than its famously beer-loving rivals.

Last chance to enter db Green Awards

Entries for The Drinks Business Green Awards 2015, which seek to reward green initiatives in the drinks trade, will close at the end of this month.

‘Coravin works’, say 160 wine professionals

In 2013 wine device Coravin was triumphantly launched onto the market amid claims it was a “game changer”. Today, the verdict is in.

by Kate Parham Kordsmeier

How to make an ad as effective as Budweiser’s

We might have been forgiven for thinking the world's largest brewer just didn't understand how advertising works – until SuperBowl XLIX demonstrated otherwise. by Dan Fox

Fine wine vs the successors

Robert Parker has finally named a successor to his en primeur empire but will other wine critics now attempt to seize power and how bloody will the struggle for supremacy be? by Rupert Millar

Irish craft beers you should be drinking

Craft beer in Ireland has taken off with the industry tripling in size since 2011. by Brian O’Shea
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WHISK(E)Y

Beckham posts snap at Haig bar launch

David Beckham took over Wellington Arch in London this week to launch a pop-up Haig Club whisky bar – bringing along his wife Victoria.

Brewer to open distillery in Dublin church

A brewer from Kentucky is to open a distillery in an early 18th century church on James Street a stone’s throw from the Guinness Storehouse.

The Macallan whisky record confirmed

The Macallan’s world record for the most expensive whisky sold at auction has been confirmed, following the sale of its “M” Imperiale in Hong Kong last year.

Diageo embraces ‘internet of everything’

Diageo has deployed cutting edge technology to create a “smart bottle”, allowing it to monitor a product’s movement and when it is opened, as well as send personalised messages to the consumer.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 bestsellers at Cambridge Wine Merchants

One of the UK’s top independent merchants reveals its bestsellers of the past year, and why 2014 is “a watershed vintage” for Bordeaux en primeur.

Top 10 California wine pioneers in the UK

The Californian wine offering in the UK has come a long way in the last decade thanks to these trailblazers championing top drops from the Golden State.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

A Bulgarian Pinot Noir gets the thumbs up from Terry Kirby, while Matthew Jukes boldly declares Château Civrac’s NV Indigo to be the finest box wine he has ever tasted.

Top eight Champagnes sold at auction

With price records constantly being broken, it’s clear that Champagne still holds a certain allure when it comes to the auction house.

Top six whisky movie moments

From Ron Burgundy’s love of “Scotchy Scotch Scotch” to Bond’s dalliance with The Macallan, behind many a leading man is a strong malt whisky.

Top 10 bestsellers at Le Clos

Dubai airport’s fine wine and spirit travel retail chain – Le Clos, reveals its best performers by revenue in 2014.

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Fine Wine

China a ‘huge opportunity’ for Australia

China’s post-boom hangover hit Australia far less than Bordeaux, and the potential for top-end wine is as great as ever, according to Andrew Caillard MW.

Pétrus and Champagne to lead Christie’s HK sale

A 57 bottle vertical of Pétrus and prestige Champagne cuvées from Salon, Krug, Gosset and Selosse will lead Christie’s next Hong Kong sale this month.

Liv-ex 100 falls 0.4% in February

It is hardly “hold the front page” news, but last month’s dip in the Liv-ex 100 was a little disappointing after such a strong January.

Uncorked: Robert Betz MW

Bob Betz MW, winemaker at the Betz Family Winery in Washington State, on ambition, arrogance and how a bottle of 1968 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon sparked his love of wine.

Champagne

Clicquot to produce packaging from grapes

Veuve Clicquot will be the first company to produce packaging using grapes when the Champagne house launches its newest “Naturally Clicquot” next month.

Champagne shipments rise 0.7% in 2014

Champagne shipments surpassed 307 million bottles in 2014, an increase of 0.7% on 2013, when the region sold 304m bottles worldwide.

Mercier to bring out blanc de noirs

Champagne Mercier has launched a blanc de noirs for the French market following an investment in new packaging and an expanded range by brand owner Moët.

Lanson uses oak to up Champagne quality

Lanson has started using oak vats to improve the quality of its future Brut NV Champagne, according to the brand’s new cellar master, Hervé Danton.

Pernod announces new appointments

Drinks giant Pernod Ricard has announced a number of new appointments including a number of key positions for Asia.